Pharaoh Hound



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Breed Description


Pharaoh hound is one of the oldest breed in existence. This historic breed dates back to 3000BC used to guard the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb. This special breed like most breed flattens its ears when happy and excited.

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Size type:

Large dog breeds


This is a reasonably independent dog which is playful, brave and equable, not intrusive, affectionate, and loyal to its family and handler. It is also peaceful in the house, friendly, intelligent and reasonably obedient.

The Pharaoh Hound has considerable stamina and deeply rooted hunting instincts.   

Breed Group:

Hound dog breeds (AKC)
Sighthound and Pariah (UKC)


The ideal shoulder height is 56cm (22in) for dogs and 53cm (20 ½ in) for bitches.


Female: 18–27 kg
Male: 18–27 kg


Dogs of this breed can be rather dominant towards other males. They tend to get on with children but treat strangers with reserve. Cats and other animals do not make ideal household companions for this breed because they will be regarded as prey.

However, with the right approach and very early social training, they can be taught to live with the household cat.


These dogs have a short, shiny coat in colours ranging from light to dark reddish-brown. A white tip to the tail is a desirable feature, and white markings on the chest, feet, and even a small white blaze are all permissible.



The Pharoah Hound needs little grooming. It is only necessary to remove dead and loose hairs with a rubber brush.

The Pharaoh Hound needs lots of exercise. Set aside an hour each day to cycle with the dog. Coursing is another alternative if you do not wish to hunt with the dog.

These dogs can keep on running if the spy or scent wild game because they never lose their instinct to hunt alone.  To prevent this, you will need a sound high fence  around your garden because they can jump very high.


Training should not be too difficult. The handler needs to understand the dog’s character and to be consistent in approach.

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